Amazing Places in Japan to Fuel Your Wanderlust

Here’s a thing about Japan: no matter how long you’ve lived here, or how many times you visited, there will always be something new to discover and be amazed by. As small as it might seem, Japan is a treasure trove of amazing places and experiences. With a full-time job, it is hard to explore all the time, but I feel like I managed to cover all typical touristy spots in Japan, and then some. It would be very hard to pick the favorites as I liked each place more than the other. Having said that, there are so many other destinations I’d like to explore. That’s why I decided to put together a list of amazing places to see in Japan, which will serve me as a “vision board” of sorts and hopefully become an inspiration to you when you plan a trip to Japan.

Sapporo Ice Festival & Ski Resorts in Hokkaido

Snow Monkey Onsen in Jigokudani

Zao Fox Village

Shirahone Onsen in Nagano Prefecture

Takaragawa Onsen in Gunma Prefecture

Dogo Onsen on Shikoku Island

Meoto Iwa in Mie Prefecture

Motonosumi Shrine in Yamaguchi Prefecture

Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa

Mount Yoshino covered in Cherry Blossom

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Stay in Hoshinoya Fuji Hotel with View of Mt. Fuji

Kurashiki Village in Okayama Prefecture

Naoshima Island

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Uji (known for its exceptional macha tea)

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Ine Fisherman’s Village

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Funaya boat houses in the small Japanese fishing village of Ine Cho, a slow haven where time feels frozen and translucent jellyfish float aimless through the seagrass front yards of these boat house homes and cranes perch so delicate while regal hawks soar. And everyone, fauna & human alike, subsists on the bounty of the sea. We had a supper of sashimi and nigiri fresh out of these waters, slept in Funaya no Yado Maruichi, and woke to the laughter of fisherman below. Today we are back in Kyoto, on our way to the Sunday farmer's market on a calm, grey day with local chef @yoshihiroimai. Follow along on snapchat for behind the scenes! 👻= localmilk | #theartofslowliving #localmilkabroad #inecho

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Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival

Tateyama Snow Wall at Alpine Route


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Postal Towns in Kiso Valley: Magome, Tsumago & Narai

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Our Sunday departure to Japan is fast approaching, and I'm starting to look past all the work to be done before we leave and forward to second trimester travels with @matthewlud. Last spring was a time of massive transition in my life, and this year feels the same. My body is changing more every day. All I can think about is becoming a mother. I dream about her at night. My emotions and health are unpredictable. And all of it is a path, the only way is forward. It's the only way there's ever been. Every day each one of us makes an incredibly brave leap into the unknown of that 24 hours, largely without even realizing it. Existing at all is a bold move. Give yourself credit for being on the journey. No path is an easy one. #localmilkabroad | photo taken in Tsumago, Kiso Valley, Japan March 2015

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Ouichijuku Postal Town

Kawachi Fujien Wisteria Tunnel in Kitakyushu

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Tsugaru City in Aomori Prefecture

Kurokawa Onsen on Kyushu Island

Takachiho Gorge on Kyushu Island

Kyoto in Summertime

Lavender Fields in Furano, Hokkaido

Fall Colors in Aomori Prefecture

Sand Dunes in Tottori Prefecture

Miyakojima Island, Okinawa

Morinji Temple in Gunma Prefecture Littered with Tanuki Statues

Fish Train in Wakayama

Quite a list, huh? And can you believe all of these stunning places are located in one country? I’m sure I missed tons of other captivating places. Hopefully, it inspires you to go off the beaten path in Japan and discover what this beautiful country has to offer. As for me, not sure how many of these spots I’ll be able to tick during the nine months I have left here, but at least I’ll always have a reason to come back.

Have you been to any of these destinations in Japan? Is there anything you’d add to the list?

xoxo, nano

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Amazing Places to visit in Japan


  1. Niho daisuki desu! I revisited my love for Japan and was actually inspired by your Kyoto posts, so I now look to you as my “inspiration board” for all things Japanese! I was supposed to go to Okinawa and artists’ island this month but my schedule wouldn’t allow it (I had to also turn down an Indian wedding in Jaipur, gahhhh), I hope you visit there soon so I can live vicariously through you! x

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    1. Oooh, lovely, your comment made my day. I’m so glad you had a wonderful time in Kyoto. Isn’t it a very special place. Bummer that you couldn’t make it to Okinawa (and Indian wedding!!), but hopefully you’ll have plenty of other chances to go. I hope I’ll make it down there again too. xx


  2. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to go to Japan, although it is definitely on my list and has been for a long time. But this is going to be a great resource for when I (someday) visit!

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